tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC November 14, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
this is "world news." tonight, drawing the line. the re-elected president weighs in on your taxes, the petraeus scandal and issues a blazing challenge to those criticizing his u.n. ambassador on benghazi. >> you want to go after somebody, they should go after me. romney's revelation. what he said today about blacks, hispanics and why he thinks obama really won. made in america. what a big corporate giant like sears take your idea and have it made in china? that small town inventor says yes and tries to take them on. and, fake out. what is he doing? was he really pushed? how about him? if you see cheating, the
crackdown tonight. good evening. we begin with the president. eight days after his re-election energized and diving straight into the headlines. at his first press conference today, he talked about the scandal that took down the head of the cia, the looming fiscal crisis that could raise taxes for everyone on january 1st and then, he came out swinging in defense of one member of his team and abc's jonathan karl was right there in that room asking questions. jon? >> reporter: diane, this was a confident president today, eager to lay out his agenda for the coming months, but first, he had to face questions on that scandal that has taken his national security team. in his first comments on the sex scandal that brought down his cia director the president said petraeus
failed to meet his own standards, but he also praised him. >> we are safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done. and my main hope right now is that this ends up being a single side note on what has otherwise been an extraordinary career. >> reporter: he also addressed the central question -- did the scandal put national security at risk? >> i have no evidence at this point, from what i've seen, that classified information was disclosed that, in any way would have had a nag impact on your national security. >> reporter: on those high steaks talks over the looming budget crisis, the president took a hard line on his bottom line. any deficit deal must include tax increases on the wealthy. >> more voters agreed with me on this issue than voted for me. so, we've got a clear majority of the american people who recognize if we're going to be serious about deficit reduction. we're got to do it in a balanced way. >> reporter: there was a real
flash of presidential anger on the topic of the attack in benghazi. earlier today, republicans john mccain and lindsey graham lashed out at susan rice, the leading candidate to replace secretary of state hillary clinton, because she initially suggested that the attack was a protest. >> why would susan rice not get our vote? i don't trust her. >> reporter: we put that to the president. senator graham said he simply doesn't trust ambassador rice after what she said about benghazi. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi? and to besmirch her reputation? it's outrageous. >> reporter: in a blistering response to that, senator graham issued a statement a short while ago, directly to the president, saying, quote, don't think for one minute that i don't hold you responsible. i think you failed as a commander in chief before, during and after the attack. in other words, diane, this
battle is just beginning. >> first new battle of this re-elected term. thank you, jonathan karl. and you heard the president mention general petraeus, engulfed in that scandal. we have a new picture tonight of paula broadwell. his biographer, standing in front of the window with cameras parked outside. it was at her brother's home in washington, d.c. and abc news has learned she is being investigated for storing classified documents on her computer and in her home. and just tonight, the army has suspended her security clearance. and now, we move onto presidential candidate mitt romney, reveefling how he feels about the obama voters and the obama victory. he was talking to his big donors today and abc's david muir is here with what he said. >> reporter: this argument began, diane, in the hours after the loss, he started offering reasons for his loss the very next morning, arking america is becoming an entitled society. but today, in a recorded call,
he said, giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with. mitt romney leaving his hotel the day after the election, next to the convention center where he hoped to deliver the one speech he'd written, his victory speech. but now, in the week since the election, abc news has learned mitt romney has been explaining his loss to his closest advisers and top donors. and it started at a breakfast the very next morning. now today, perhaps his most eye-opening explanations yet, during a conference call with a large group of donors. romney arguing that president obama won in part because of gifts the obama prin strags had given to particular groups in this country. >> what the president's campaign did is focus on certain members of his base coalition. give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government. and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> reporter: among those groups the gifts went to, romney discusses the african-american community, young people and the hispanic community. here, offering one of the gifts
to them. >> what the president did is, he gave them two things. one, he gave them a big gift on immigration, with the d.r.e.a.m. act and amnesty program. >> reporter: for hispanics, he talked about obama care, the president's heath care plan being a gift too. he talked about free contraceptives, very big with college-age women. sources telling me this has been romney's argument since the moment he realized he'd lost, telling his closest circle the very next morning that america is becoming an entitled society. that some americans are asking for government to solve problems for things they can't afford. a message reminiscent of that video, romney talking to donors after clinching the republican domination, talking about the 47 percent. >> and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them. >> reporter: and just when you thought this election was behind us, a tweet from david axelrod, the top obama strategist, saying, "still looking at america through that 47% prism."
and romney talked to bill clinton after the election. he said that clinton told him, i thought you were going to win, then the hurricane happened. romney using the hurricane in his discussions why. >> okay, david, thank you. this is late breaking news, i know you'll be back with made in america in just a moment. but now we will go overseas to the tension rising between israelis and the palestinians today, because israel killed the military leader of the palestinian militant group hamas, in an air strike. look. this is the car in gaza, carrying the hamas commander as an israeli rocket hits it. israel said this was retaliation for rockets fired by palestinian militants. overall, israel hitting 20 targets. it's being called the most serious escalation in violence there in four years. and back here at home, a very big drama today, about the meningitis outbreak. the man who owns that drug factory, contaminated by fungus, came to be grilled on capitol
hill. and in the same room, the families of those who died, giving gripping testimony, saying, it is a nightmare that will not end. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the man whose company produced drugs and sickened so many -- >> anything you can say to them? >> reporter: ran a gauntless of reporters. >> why not? >> reporter: he said nothing about his pharmacy that made drugs for debilitating back pain. the conditions were deplorable. dirty floors, clean rooms with mold or bacterial growth. the steroids produced here infected eddie loveless with meningitis and killed him. >> we're heartbroken. we're devastated. and i've just come here begging you to do something about this matter. >> reporter: a question members of congress put to that owner. >> what explanation can you give the families who have lost their loved ones -- >> on advice of council. >> reporter: five times, he took the fifth. >> i respectfully decline to
answer on the basis of my constitutional rights and privileges. >> reporter: refusing to answer any questions. >> is your position that the fda could not have stopped this? >> we have unclear, fragmented clear regulatory framework. >> reporter: so, what will happen to the owner? he could face jail time. as for the 14,000 people injected with the drugs, they're being told tole be on the lookout for a couple more months, but finally, tomorrow marks six weeks since the recall, when most probably would have shown symptoms of the deadly side effect. david kerley, abc news, washington. and now, as promised, we turn to made in america, and david muir will be back, getting answers right now. as we know, every $64 spent on american-made goods can create 200,000 jobs. but could a corporate giant take your idea and have it made in china? one american inventor says it happened to him.
>> reporter: the small town of cabot, pennsylvania. proudly flying their american flags. >> last year was a great year. >> reporter: proudly making an american invention. you were determined to make it in america? >> yes, that was my goal from day one. >> reporter: dan brown invented the bionic wrench. what he thought was a genius solution to that problem we've all had -- stripped bolts. >> pliers and adjustable wrenches can strip the corners. but that won't stop the bionic. >> repororter: his invention grs onto the bolt from six sides at once. >> the bionic wrench engages all six flat sides of the bolt with symmetrical pressure. >> reporter: this time last year -- the factory was buzzing. >> sears had us stocked in all the stores. >> reporter: the holiday ads were on tv. and sears was their biggest seller. >> for only $19.99 at sears. >> reporter: dan said sears was so into his invention, they asked him not to sell at some of their biggest competitors. like home depot or lowe's. >> yes. >> reporter: so you said that's a deal. >> yes. >> reporter: dan said they sold more than 200,000 wrenches with sears last christmas. they kept doing business this year. then suddenly, he says, no deal for this christmas.
they've had to lay off 30 workers. did you wonder what was going on? >> oh, of course we did. >> reporter: but then dan heard from a customer who noticed something. telling him there was now another wrench, with what appeared to be a similar mechanism on the shelf at sears, but this one, made in china. and sold under the sears brand, craftsman. in fact, side by side, listen to the old ad -- >> it grips on all six sides. >> reporter: now the one for the new wrench. >> the six locking jaws. >> reporter: or this part of the pitch. before. >> it's 14 wrenches in one. >> reporter: and now the new wrench. >> it replaces 14 wrenches with a single tool. >> reporter: what did you think when you saw it? >> it's a knockoff. there's no question. if you take them apart and you look at these plates, they're virtually the same. >> reporter: dan's filed suit, claiming sears stole his idea. tonight, sears arguing, not so fast. saying they didn't steal anything. e-mailing us this statement. "the allegations made by mr. brown similarly are untrue." they gone on, "despite some visual similarities, the craftsman axess locking wrench
operates in a different way." what dot you say to sears, when they say this is not the same wrench? >> ah, they're lying. that's what i say. they're lying. >> reporter: dan argues, small town american inventors rarely have the means to fight back. it can cost up to $50,000 just to get that original patent. don sweeney on the assembly line, one of the few workers left, watching those 30 coworkers leave. >> all the jobs are gone. that's the way it is. >> it just tears me apart. what more can we do? if we don't stop this, we'll have no jobs left. >> reporter: our team did go out and buy both wrenches today, both the same price. the before and the new one here and while that american inventor argues the tools have the same mechanism, whether it's a rip-off or not is up to the courts to decide now. that inventor arguing american jobs are in the balance and sears telling us tonight, we have 264,000 workers, sears believes in america. >> you'll let us know what happened next. >> reporter: will do. >> thank you, david.
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and finally tonight, you've seen pictures of athletes pretending to be knocked down on the court. did you see what happened last night, university of kentucky versus duke? it is something called flopping, which is a kind of faking, notorious in pro games. and the nba is cracking down. abc's nick watt. >> offensive foul. >> reporter: kentucky's coach just basically accused duke of cheating, with theatrical reactions to the slightest contact. >> they're flopping all over the place. in the nba, they'd all be suspended. >> reporter: well, not quite, but this season in the pros, for the first time, they are punishing bad acting. >> that's a flop.
>> reporter: like lebron's tumble against the pacers in the playoffs last season? i mean, it's a bad example for the kids in the stands, right? are you glad they're going to clamp down on the floppers this year? >> yeah, yeah get that out of here. >> reporter: no place in the game? >> yeah, that's whack. >> reporter: david sloan of the cavaliers just drew one of the first official warnings for this, named and shamed on the nba website. further offenses draw fines up to $30,000. a bigger punishment, perhaps, there's also an instructional video. >> this was an illegitimate basketball play by number 30. again, this flop will be penalized. >> flopping almost doesn't do it justice. tricke trickery. deceit. >> when i first came into the league, ain't nobody flopped. >> reporter: but they've learned from the likes of soccer. watch this guy. using an opponent's had to punch himself in the face, when ecuador played chile last year. you have worked for this your whole life, you have a god-given talent, you get to the
nba and you fall over. >> yeah, yeah, some guys do it better than others. >> reporter: can you name names for us? >> no, i would never do that. >> reporter: okay, i will. chris bosh, sorry, the heat versus the bulls, february last year. flop. >> i don't even think he hit him. you got the academy awards coming up. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. and we thank you for watching. we are always here at abcnews.com. "nightline," of course, will be along later. and i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. until then, have a great night. good night. [ male announcer ] citibank's app for ipad